Average Bench: 104% (8th of 1317)

Based on 10,434 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000A0671 Model: 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-11600K @ 3.90GHz

The i5-11600K is the best value "top tier" CPU in Intel’s 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S lineup. With a simple overclock it offers almost the same levels of performance as the 11900K. Rocket Lake brings higher IPC (early samples indicate +19%) which translates to around a 10% faster Effective Speed than both Intel's 10th Gen and AMD’s 5000 series. Despite Intel’s performance lead, AMD continues to outsell Intel. Given the scale of Intel's operation, it’s inexplicable that their marketing remains so neglected. Little effort is made to counter widespread disinformation such as: “it uses too much electricity” or the classic: “it needs more cores”. Intel’s marketing samples are routinely distributed to reviewers that appear better incentivized to bury Intel's products rather than review them. Not enabling XMP or only testing with BIOS power limits enabled is akin to leaving the handbrake on during a race. Mind-numbing “scientific” and rendering benchmarks are presented as gospel. Different games, mostly unplayed by real users, are cherry picked for each “review”. When it's convenient, canned game benchmarks are chosen such as Ulletical’s CSGO which runs at nearly double the in-game fps. Credible benchmark data, which necessarily includes replicable video footage from popular games, is the exception rather than the rule. At every release, AMD’s marketers coordinate narratives to ensure another feast of blue blubber. Nonetheless, towards the end of 2021, Intel’s Golden Cove is due to offer an additional 20-30% performance increase. At that time, with a net 30-40% performance lead, Intel will probably regain significant market share despite AMD's class-leading marketing. In the meantime, most PC gamers need look no further than the 11400F. [Mar '21 CPUPro]

Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i5-11600K averaged 3.6% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i5-11600K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 177Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 345Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-11600K is just 18.9%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-11600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,260Pts
Avg. Memory Latency 87.8Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 10,434 samples)
Min Avg Max
75.5 Memory 87.8 95.8
158 1-Core 177 186
309 2-Core 345 369
111% 203 Pts
Min Avg Max
563 4-Core 641 697
924 8-Core 1,030 1,118
106% 836 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,132 64-Core 1,260 1,324
84.6% 1,260 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 95.6
1-Core 184
2-Core 373
119% 217 Pts
4-Core 743
8-Core 1,116
119% 929 Pts
64-Core 1,384
93% 1,384 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 77.7
1-Core 184
2-Core 371
113% 211 Pts
4-Core 721
8-Core 1,074
115% 897 Pts
64-Core 1,272
85% 1,272 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 5 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.1
1-Core 188
2-Core 360
117% 213 Pts
4-Core 648
8-Core 1,029
107% 838 Pts
64-Core 1,259
84% 1,259 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 47,280,464 CPUs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $262 @ launch in Mar '21
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Desktop 109%
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Workstation 197%
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Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING Z590-PLUS WIFI

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 81% - Excellent Total price: $1,145

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11th generation Rocket Lake processor...

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good cpu on budget


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best budget cpu ever


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